Massey University(MIS100 2010)
- 26 May, 2010 22:00
Size of IS shop: 130
Mobile PCs: 1000
Hand-held devices: 827
Total screens: 7807
Industry: Educational services
PC environment: Microsoft, Mac, Linux, Advantage, HP, Toshiba
Server environment: Dell, HP, Supermicro, IBM, Red Hat Linux, Windows 2003, Mac
DBMS: SQL, MySQL, Oracle, Ingres
Address: Highway 57, Palmerston North
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
Having joined Massey University in October 2009, new CIO Clive Martis is looking at ICT to drive the university’s strategic plan over the coming 12 to 24 months. “The ISSP identifies key activity areas, such as information management, collaboration and engagement, access and availability, and the targeted growth of services and infrastructure,” he explains. ICT budgets and projects are up on last year, allowing for new investments in ERP, business intelligence (BI) and knowledge management solutions.
Massey has an ambitious delivery schedule for 2010, with project work at various stages in the areas of BI and data warehousing, PRA compliance, intranet and portal, collaboration tools on SharePoint, release of “Lightwork” the Moodle plug-in for assignment marking management, further unified communications and IP telephony functional upgrades, online payments, development of student management extensions, access and identity management, videoconferencing expansion, streaming services, infrastructure upgrades, commissioning the secondary datacentre, printing management functional upgrade, storage, building refits and more. “It will be a busy year,” says Martis.
Significant projects initiated last year have been completed, including an upgrade of Massey’s unified communications infrastructure, significant extension of wireless services and technologies throughout Massey campuses, ongoing server and software virtualisation and VoIP system implementation. These projects provide a firm platform supporting the key strategies of access, collaboration and targeted growth of infrastructure, according to Martis. Growth in screen numbers from last year can be attributed primarily to the increase in the number of the hand-held devices, and the use of thin client for selected (primarily training) facilities.
Massey University is committed to providing students with the technology and facilities necessary to enhance their success. Online portal MyMassey delivers several benefits to students, allowing them to access online learning programmes, such as Stream (Moodle) and WebCT; view class timetables; enroll online; apply to graduate online; access exam results and course grades; use webmail services free of charge; access computer lab budgets; view Massey financial statements; pay fees online; and easily access and change personal and contact details or information. The university will be looking to cloud computing as a service delivery channel in 2010. Notably, Massey is moving the student collaboration environment out into the cloud, very likely via Live@EDU.